FINAL FAREWELL The Aggie basketball program will bid farewell to a trio of players on Saturday as Ian Baker, Matt Taylor and Trayvon Landry wrap up their tenure here at New Mexico State.
Heading into his final regular-season game on Lou Henson Court, Ian Baker is 14th all-time in scoring at New Mexico State with 1,323 career points and needs just 11 points to pass Steve Colter (1,333, 1981-84). The Washington, D.C., native is fourth all-time in 3-point field-goals made with 192 and needs 15 more strikes from beyond the arc to pass Jeff McCool (206, 1986-89). He's also one free throw away from cracking the top-10 in free-throws and currently sits at 295 shots from the charity stripe. Baker's .799 shooting percentage from the line sits him in sixth all-time as well. His 343 assists at New Mexico State are sixth-most and needs just six more to pass Steve Colter (347, 1981-84). His 130 career steals also checks him into the top-10 and sits in seventh while needing just three more to pass Johnathan Gibson (132, 2006-10).
Taylor, a 6-4 guard out of Toronto has been a staple in Las Cruces, electrifying fans with his thunderous dunks. Heading into his final game as an Aggie, Taylor has recorded 400 career points (4.5 ppg) and 245 career rebounds (2.8 rpg). He's currently shooting .422 from the floor in the Crimson and White.
Landry's career was cut short due to injuries and leaves NM State with 121 career points, 61 rebounds and 54 assists while seeing action in 59 games with two starts.
Originally, I felt Bhullar and Pennie would be the players leaving the program after this season. Taylor was the one (based on playing time) who I thought might return. Now that it has been announced that Taylor in leaving, if Bhullar and Pennie graduate in the summer and choose to leave, I think the numbers now add up with who is coming and who is going... "if" Johnny McCants is a walk-on.
Boston called the return to the NCAA tournament "a first step" toward the goal he and Theus talked about in Atlanta two years ago. "We talked about winning a national championship, not about getting into the NCAA tournament," Boston said.